Water stream fun [Photo]

Roan Baxter-Marti, right, jumps into the water stream with friend Alexzander Sutherland at Stephens Lake Park on Monday. Baxter-Martin was part of a Camp Adventure summer camp, one of many camps out at the lake, who all went cool off from the scorching heat.

Keeping horses cool [Photo]

Katherine Cowie and Jessica Schwartz wash down "Blitz" on Monday. The Stephens College Equestrian program takes steps to keep the horses cool during the hot months by washing them down frequently and limiting physical activity.

Douglass Park pool offers heat relief [Photo]

Olivia Moore ,6, cools off at Douglass Park on Monday.

Spicing up a boring, hot day [Photo]

Naybeah Moss, 4, wallows in the Stephens Lake Park Water streams to cool off. "It's hot and they're bored. I like coming here," said mother Maleshia Moss.

Stables equip fans to keep horses cool [Photo]

"Some of the biggest ways to tell if a horse is comfortable is in the eyes and the ears. If it's too warm and they're tired, you'll see the eyes drooping and the nostrils will flare heavily," says Clay Stem of the Stephens College Equestrian program. You will find large fans blowing air through the stables to keep horses cool during these hot summer months.

Stream play [Photo]

Rayshawn Moss runs from Katelyn England as he's sprayed with water at Stephens Lake Park. The park is a popular place when the temperature rises.

Taking a dive [Photo]

At the Fellowship of Christian Athletes' Power Camp at Cosmo-Bethel Park on Monday, staffer Dustin Jeffries dives onto a water slide while campers and fellow staffer, Jeff Gamble watch.

Cooling down at Cosmo-Bethel Park [Photo]

Fellowship of Christian Athletes Power Camp staffer Jeff Gamble hoses down camper, Jack Buckley at Cosmo-Bethel Park on Monday.

Tiny Tiger learns defense [Photo]

DarréAnn Cockrell, 6, participates in the defense portion of her Tiny Tiger's tae kwon do class on June 17 at Hockman's ATA Martial Arts.

Arvilla McClellan with her picnic basket [Photo]

Long-time Columbia resident Arvilla McClellan carries her picnic basket to the side building of the New Providence Baptist Church in preparation for a fellowship lunch held after services.

McClellan plays washboard during a rehearsal [Photo]

Arvilla McClellan plays the washboard during an Older American Klub rhythm band rehearsal. McClellan also sings as part of the band, and recently bought a guitar book to continue to learn on her own.

Arvilla McClellan plays washboard [Photo]

Arvilla McClellan plays the washboard in the Older American Klub rhythm band.

Construction permits decline [Graphic]

Moon Valley Lake [Graphic]

27th All Ford Car Show [Photo]

From left, Andrew Stewart of Salisbury walks among the 75 Mustangs entered in the 27th All Ford Car Show, hosted by the Central Missouri Mustang & Ford Club on Sunday in Columbia.

75 Mustangs entered in car show [Photo]

The inner workings of one of the 75 Ford Mustangs entered in the 27th All Ford Car Show are on display for judges to inspect. The car show, held June 21 in the parking lot of Bass Pro Shops, offered all participants the chance to cast a ballot for Best in Show, as well as for winners by car class.

Creating art with nature [Photo]

Artist Jo Stealey prepares a piece of river willow as part of a branch in her piece called "The Forest." This work will be featured at the Sheldon Art Galleries in St. Louis in September.

Rodeo bullfighting team puts life and limbs on the line [Video]

Bullfighters Darren Murray and Mark Wilson have been a rodeo team for nearly nine years. They’ve worked rodeos across the U.S. and were world champion bullfighters in 2005. Their job is to put themselves in front of bulls and help protect the cowboys that ride them at all costs.

Contractors struggle to stay afloat in Columbia [Photo]

Contractor Ray Yoder cuts a piece of plywood to size as Michael Schoen and Dan Yoder wait to nail it into place on the house they are constructing just off of Old Plank Road in Columbia on Wednesday

Housing market in Columbia on sharp decline [Photo]

One of the houses owned by Jay Linder's Providence Farm LLC sits uninhabited and neglected just off of Old Plank Road in Columbia on Wednesday.